Motorway services operator Applegreen has created 75 jobs with the launch of the first of four outlets in Northern Ireland at Templepatrick on the M2 outbound from Belfast.
The first move into the province from the Irish Republic based business is the first step in a total investment of £30 million, resulting in the creation of 250 permanent jobs.
The new services area will be accessible by an average of 24,000 thousand motorists per day. The traveling public on the M2 can now for the first time avail of the full range of popular services Applegreen already offers from over 150 sites across its service station network in Ireland, the UK and the US.
“I am delighted to announce the opening of our newest and first motorway service area in Northern Ireland, which will also create a significant number of new jobs in the area,” said Applegreen chief operations officer Joe Barrett.
“We look forward to developing our business even further in Northern Ireland over the coming years and today’s opening is such an important step on that road.”
The privately funded investment is the ninth motorway service area in the Applegreen network.